How does a child know that they’re growing? Often times there’s a doorframe in the house that mom marks everyone’s height on. This is an easy and exciting way that a child can obviously see that he is growing!
As an adult, it’s easy for us to see how our children are progressing. We see how they are growing based on where the tops of their heads land on our bodies. We can tell that what they’re learning in school is making them smarter and smarter each year.
But it’s often harder for the students themselves to tell that they’re progressing in school, especially during a school year. Maybe you keep projects and little papers that they did and show them once in a while. Or maybe you point out their progress on a report card or highlight an encouraging note on a graded paper. It does help to remind your children that they are progressing and that the hard work is worth it.
Pinpointing progress in school is tough. But measuring progress in music lessons can be even harder, not just for the students but also for parents – even for those who have a musical background themselves.
For most students, it’s easy to go week-by-week, and lose sight of the incremental progress that is being made. That’s why we have several things built into our program here at PCS that help your child not only feel a sense of accomplishment, but also of progress.
One way that your child can see their progress is on their Skillmaster’s Charts. Many of our wonderful teachers have charts displayed in the studio that helps your child keep track of where they are in accomplishing their category goals. They all have a Skillmasters Awards Program tracker in their PCS Assignment Notebooks. At the beginning of the year, the chart is blank, but by this time of year, they’re half way filled up! How exciting!!
Another way that your child can tell that they’re progressing is by looking at videos from recitals or assisted living performances. Performances are a wonderful opportunity to take videos and document progress. Then after several months or years down the road, you and your child can look to see how much they’ve progressed by watching the videos together. If you haven’t taken a video of your child at a recital or assisted living performance, we encourage you to do!
Piano Central provides several opportunities for your child to grow and make progress as a well-rounded musician. One of which is participating in NFMC, or participating in PCS’ Music Fest. At these events, your child performs in front of an experienced judge who then gives feedback and a rating. Many of our students then look at the comment sheets later and see some areas to improve on. But they also are encouraged when they compare their comments and ratings from year to year.
We encourage every student to get involved with these and other opportunities that give them goals to work towards and then by reaching those goals, gain confidence in the progress that they are making – something we all can cheer on and celebrate!!